U of I Extension Volunteers Harvest Produce for Local Food Pantries
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 12, 2013
More than 1,400
Pounds of Food Reaped for Donations
ST. CHARLES, Ill. – University
of Illinois Extension volunteers and staff harvested more than 1,400 pounds of
produce at the University of Illinois Horticulture Research Farm in St.
Charles, and the fresh food was donated to four Kane County food pantries last
More than 15 people –
including University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners, Kane County 4-H
representatives, and University of Illinois Extension staff – volunteered time
Thursday evening to pick tomatoes, peppers and corn at the farm, which is located
at Route 38 and Peck Road in St. Charles.
Led by Farm Manager Shelby
Henning, the group harvested 665 pounds of tomatoes, 25 pounds of peppers and
800 pounds of corn, or about 1,455 ears. Volunteers delivered the fresh produce
to four locations in Kane County – Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry, Batavia
Interfaith Food Pantry, Food for Greater Elgin, and Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry
"It is much better off on
families' tables than spoiling here," Henning said. "We are happy to share this
food with our community, and we are thankful to have University of Illinois
Extension volunteers to help pick and deliver it."
The produce was surplus from
student plots cultivated as part of the New Illinois Fruit and Vegetable
Farmers program from the University of Illinois, said Henning.
To learn more about the
program, visit www.newillinoisfarmers.org, or
contact Dr. Richard Weinzierl at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary
Hosier at email@example.com.
University of Illinois Extension Unit 5 serves DuPage,
Kane and Kendall counties through educational programs that promote a healthy
society, food security and safety, environmental stewardship, sustainable and
profitable food production and marketing systems, and enhancement of youth,
family and community well-being. For more information about University of
Illinois Extension programs, contact 630-584-6166 or visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/dkk/.
University of Illinois Extension provides equal
opportunities in programs and employment.